RKW is a global manufacturer of Geosynthetic Barriers made from Polyethylene and Polypropylene for use in environmental and hydraulic engineering. With its product range of wepelen Geosynthetic Barriers RKW provides a 30 years’ experience in lining solutions for applications like landfill linings, groundwater protection linings, waterproofing, road building, hydraulic engineering and mining as well as solutions for pond -, canal -, reservoir - and tank linings. The high quality of the products is confirmed by certifications of independent institutes and reaches the most common technical guidelines and standards for worldwide use. RKW is working according to the quality management system DIN EN ISO 9001 since 1991 to ensure a permanent improvement in the quality of the products and customer satisfaction.

Company details

Nachtweideweg 1-7 , Frankenthal , 67227 Germany

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Manufacturing, Other
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1957
Employees:
Over 1000

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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In 1957, Jakob Müller founded the RKW Group as Rheinische Kunststoffwerke GmbH in Worms, Germany. The company, which is privately owned, has  through numerous strategic acquisitions since the 90's evolved into one of the leading companies in Europe for the manufacturing of films and nonwovens.

Facts about the RKW Group:

  • 56 years of experience in research, development, and manufacturing of polyolefin films
  • State-of-the-art technologies and machines
  • Annual processing of approx. 370,000 tonnes of PE and PP
  • 20 locations (19 locations and the corporate headquarters)
  • 5 Global Business Areas
  • Around 3,000 employees
  • Privately owned
  • 2012 sales of €840 million

Our strategy, values and core competences

RKW has been manufacturing high-quality plastic films and setting technical standards for over 55 years. We concentrate our core competences in Global Business Areas to which we bring our considerable know-how and experience.

Our objectives are lasting business relationships, not just short-term successes. The company’s focus and actions are aimed at the creation of sustainable value so that the company can set clear trends and continue to develop independently over the long term. For years, this strategy has included systematic expansion with which RKW has continuously strengthened its global market position.

Everyone involved contributes to the aim of exceeding the business partner's requirements and expectations. This includes both our own employees as well as our business partners in the supply chain with whom we cultivate an open and cooperative coordination of activities. In this way we consistently achieve first-class results in terms of quality, products, services and systems. Today we are market leader in our industries.

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Who we are. What we do. What we achieve.
The RKW-Group is a globally-active company that manufactures films and nonwovens. Since its founding in 1957, the family-owned and operated company, which is not listed on the stock exchange, has made a name for itself with its high quality and innovative products. Around 3,000 employees in 23 locations set high standards in quality, innovation, and customer service and ensure that the Group will continue to occupy a leading position in the European plastics industry for many years to come.

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Continuing Expansion
In 1957, Jakob Müller founded the RKW Group as Rheinische Kunststoffwerke GmbH in Worms, Germany. The company, which is privately owned, has through numerous strategic acquisitions since the 90's evolved into one of the leading companies in Europe for the manufacturing of films and nonwovens.

Facts about the RKW Group:

  • 57 years of experience in research, development, and manufacturing of polyolefin films
  • State-of-the-art technologies and machines
  • Annual processing of approx. 420,000 tonnes of PE and PP
  • 23 locations (22 locations and the corporate headquarters)
  • Around 3,000 employees
  • Privately owned
  • Sales approx. € 950 million (FCST 2014)

RKW has been manufacturing high-quality plastic films and setting technical standards for over 55 years. We concentrate our core competences in business sectors to which we bring our considerable know-how and experience.

Our objectives are lasting business relationships, not just short-term successes. The company’s focus and actions are aimed at the creation of sustainable value so that the company can set clear trends and continue to develop independently over the long term. For years, this strategy has included systematic expansion with which RKW has continuously strengthened its global market position.

Everyone involved contributes to the aim of exceeding the business partner's requirements and expectations. This includes both our own employees as well as our business partners in the supply chain with whom we cultivate an open and cooperative coordination of activities. In this way we consistently achieve first-class results in terms of quality, products, services and systems. Today we are market leader in our industries.

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Our employees develop high-quality film products for demanding customers. They constantly strive towards finding new and innovative solutions and offer our customers excellent service. 

Their motivation, commitment, and expertise have made RKW the company it is today: A dynamic, internationally-active company with ambitious growth plans. 

More information about our employees and career opportunities available at RKW can be found at Careers!

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As one of the leading manufacturers of films and nonwovens in Europe, RKW is engaged in a future worth living in. Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate policy, it allows us to identify risks early and seizing opportunities for new business and continual improvement. We are convinced that high economic performance, social responsibility, and environmental protection are inseparably connected. 

RKW acknowledges its responsibility and embraces its engagement in and with sustainability committees. To begin thinking of the day after tomorrow today and act correspondingly − this must be the ever present rule all along the value-added chain.

  • RKW assumes its responsibility for the environment
  • Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate policy
  • Economic success and sustainability complement each other

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“For the RKW Group, sustainable development means linking long-term economic success to environmental protection and social responsibility.”

Roland Roth, Member of the Supervisory Board

'Solutions in film ‘n‘ fiber' – the RKW Group its their slogan with every fiber. The driving of innovations combined with the use of state-of-the-art technologies guarantees optimum results for sophisticated and individual customer requirements. First-class films, nonwovens, and nets are the result of the highest professional skills in the development and manufacture of products for the growing plastics market.

Quality at the highest level
The selection of raw materials already decides the quality of the finished products. RKW uncompromisingly uses high-quality raw materials and materials of well-known producers to ensure the highest quality from the beginning. Further processing applying state-of-the-art technologies is part of our everyday business: printing, coating, laminating, embossing, and perforating. The results are tailored top-quality products – matching exactly the requirements of demanding customers.

Competitive edge through innovation
57 years of experience in the production of polyethylene and polypropylene films, the various activities in research and development as well as the use of state-of-the-art technologies make RKW the industry leader. Combined with solid production know-how, this all forms the basis and the motor at the same time: on the one hand, the foundations for the excellent quality of the products are laid, and on the other, new paths to future solutions are opened.